The Alberta government is partnering with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Affiliation, Alberta Beef Producers, and Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Affiliation to undertake a competitiveness study that may present strategic insights and information for the meat cattle industry.
Introduced July 14, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Devin Dreeshen says that collaborating with industry is significant to rising and advancing the agriculture sector in Alberta.
“This partnership demonstrates our shared commitment to grow Alberta’s food and processing sector. We know that agriculture will play a big part in Alberta’s economic recovery and growth,” says Dreeshen.
With government assist, the study will assist the meat industry determine challenges and alternatives within the provide chain, together with:
- selling transparency in cattle and wholesale beef markets;
- supporting processor resiliency and plant reinvestment methods;
- increasing harvest capability for small to medium-sized processors and figuring out the helps required for development; and,
- planning for surge capability when occasions just like the COVID-19 pandemic put stress on the meals provide chain.
Greg Schmidt, chair of Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Affiliation, says they’re desirous to see what insights the study offers, because the prior beef industry study established that the industry is aggressive and stays able to sustaining that competitiveness into the long run.
“There are, however, factors and trends that have the potential to decrease competitiveness. In order to grow our entire industry, our value chain has to be profitable and sustainable. In Alberta, value-added is a key component to our supply chain success so we look forward to how this study can shed some light on how to advance that segment,” Schmidt says.